Types of Opal
and How to Select an Opal for You
Opal is an entire group of minerals that are united by their characteristics and name, but differ in color variations, structure, and composition. Even in ancient times, opals were considered to be amulets full of magical energy. There are many types of opal, that are divided into different varieties by color, place of extraction, and also by appearance. To start, it is worth specifying that there are two main varieties of opal: precious (those that have a play of color) and regular (those without a play of color).
Even in ancient times, opals were considered to be amulets full of magical energy.
TYPES OF OPAL
Australian scientist Frank Leechman names more than 134 types of opal, and we offer a look at a few of the most common and noble varieties:
OPAL MINING LOCATIONS
Opals are mined in different places around the world, the most famous and richest deposits are in Australia, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Peru. Let's look at some of these places.
Australian opals are the most expensive. The rarest and most valuable opals in the world are mined here - black opals with colorful, stunning patterns.
But in addition to black opals, unique Harlequin opals are mined in Australia; achieving their name from the fact they resemble a Harlequin's costume, consisting of many colors that look like different colored patches of clothing.
There are other deposits found in Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey, the Czech Republic, and other countries, but in terms of the quantity and quality of the extracted opals, it is hard for them to reach the level of the aforementioned places of opal mining.
GUIDE 'HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR OPAL?'
There are several things to consider when choosing opal. We've put together a quick guide to help you decide which opal suits you.
Opal should be chosen based, first of all, on what kind of opal you like. But then, there is also the question of cost. Different varieties differ extensively in value. Even, for example, a selection of different fire opals can have quite varied costs. The price will mainly depend on the opalescence, color, transparency, and origin of its deposit.
There is a rule for estimating the quality of an opal: if its color play can be seen from a distance of one meter, the stone is of the highest quality.
When choosing an opal as a gem, focus on the jewelry in which the stone will be set. For example, for an engagement ring, a white opal would be appropriate. Fire opal is appropriate for everyday jewelry, with the same piece being suitable to also be worn on special occasions. And, if you want to buy a unique and unusual opal for your collection, look no further than a Bolder Opal.
Keep in mind that popular stones (including opal) are often faked, by passing off an artificial stone as a natural one. Always check a stone carefully before you purchase it. If you are offered a near perfect opal for a low price, it is highly likely that it is not a genuine natural stone.
You are probably already aware that any stone can influence any person’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental state. And it would be assumed that any opal should have all these properties also, but in fact, they vary in properties as much as in appearance, with white opal featuring some properties, fire opal others, etc.
CHARMING OPAL JEWELRY
So that you can be sure of your choice, we have compiled a simple table to outline the key features of each variety of opal.
|Opal||Color||The main places||Value||The opalescence expression|
|Navy blue, navy green, navy brown, purple||Australia||The most expensive and valuable of opals||Pronounced on a dark background|
|White opal||White, translucent-white||Australia|
|Average cost||Moderately pronounced, visible in the sun|
|Fire Opal||Yellow, orange, red||Mexico||Average cost||Not very pronounced|
|Ethiopian Fire Opal||Yellow, orange, red||Ethiopia||One of the most expensive varieties||Pronounced|
|Boulder Opal||Usually blue with brown rock||Australia||Valued due to the variety||Pronounced|
|Matrix Opal||Various different colors||Australia||Valuable because it fills pores or cracks in the host rock||Pronounced|
|Hyalite||Similar to glass, may have a shade of blue, green, or yellow||Mexico||Average cost||Pronounced in the sun|
|Peruvian Opal||Blue green||Peru||Average cost||Does not appear|
|Honey Opal||Yellow||Australia||Average cost||Usually manifests itself|
Opal is a stone that cannot be confused with any other. It impresses with its unique coloring and amazing play of color. We hope that everyone will be able to choose the right opal for their purposes and feel its power, energy, and beauty.
Kindly note that healing gemstone meanings are not prescriptions or healthcare information.
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